Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
Review: It's been two years since the last installment of Justin 'Casio Social Club' Winks's Remix Collection series. This third installment focuses largely on reworks from the last couple of years - mostly for material on his own Mullet Records imprint - and sees him joining the dots between vintage electrofunk, nu-disco, synth-pop and organ-laden '90s house. Highlights are plentiful, and include a superb, synth-laden dub of Tad Wily's "Go Ahead" (complete with percussion borrowed from a BB&Q classic), a freestyle revision of Timmy Vegas's "Don't Stop", and a radio-friendly '90s house re-fix of Muddyloop's "If This Isn't Love". Oh, and two stellar versions of cuts from fast-rising Brazilian nu-disco starlet Joeblack.
Review: After a brief break, the LW Recordings flagship is back in full effect as they release the tenth edition of their infamous 'Breaks & Beats' compilation. They have packed the rafters out for this one with solid contributions from the likes of Sekt-87, Le Duke, Twin & Peaks, Danny Blaze and a host of other hot shot faces. The compilation oozes diversity from start to finish, which is why our favourites include the dubstyle vibes of 'Confusion Dub' from Mr Mt, the reesey grittiness of Tchicaya's 'Fire Spitter' and of course the funk infused breaksy flavours of Devastate's 'Let It Roll'.